Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, June 6 2006
City, County improving Little League field
Town of Pecos City and Reeves County officials have come together to make improvements to the Chano Prieto Little League Field.
Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo said that city and county officials met Friday morning to discuss improvements to the field.
“In our meeting with city personnel we have agreed to make improvements to the right field fence line, to edge the field grass, to apply Weed B-Gone to the grass, to repair the roofs of the dugout and the press box and to weld a six-inch steel strip to the spectator’s stand to improve safety,” said Galindo.
Additionally, the Road and Bridge Department will be applying a brine solution to the dirt around the field to help with dust control and last, they will be working with an electrician to fix the scoreboard.
“From a field perspective, these are the minor maintenance needs of the field,” said Galindo. “As for the financial condition of the Little League Organization, that is solely at the discretion of the Little League Board of Directors,” he said.
Galindo said that the complaint that he continually hears, is that the Little League Organization is not accountable to its donors.
“Year after year, they start the season in the red,” said Galindo. “That is not a county or city function,” he said.
Consequently, the Little League Board of Directors has one challenge, that challenge is to be accountable to its donors, Galindo said.
“The needs of the field are minor,” said Galindo.
The county invested about $20,000 to put in new lights for the field a few years ago.
“We put in new lights out at that field, which is the main reason that Pecos can host a tournament,” said Galindo.
The lighting was too low before the upgrade, Galindo said.
Additionally, the county installed an underground sprinkler system.
“Thus, improving the maintenance in the field by automating the water on the field,” said Galindo. “Over the last year, we have had discussions of potentially building a four-field complex,” he said.
Galindo said that the idea is to put in 200 feet of fencing and all dirt infields.
“Those four can be used by the Little League and all girl’s softball,” said Galindo.
“The county embarked on a plan that we have been talking about to build a four-field complex for the Little League and girls softball, which will bring additional tournament play to Pecos,” he said.
Galindo said that originally they had been looking at the area south of the West of the Pecos Rodeo arena. “Lately, we have been discussing reconstructing the fields at Maxey Park and looking to tie the well water from the golf course to the fields,” he said.
Man found dead in home Friday
Pecos police officer Armando Granado responded to an 11:40 a.m. call concerning an unresponsive male at 415 E. 4th Street on Friday.
According to Police Chief and Public Information Officer Clay McKinney Granado found 50-year-old Ismael Tercero on the floor inside the home.
“Justice of the Peace Lamberto Herrera arrived on the scene and pronounced Tercero dead at 12:12 p.m.” McKinney said.
The body was released to Peaceful Gardens Funeral Home of Pecos.
McKinney said that the incident was still under investigation and that an autopsy had been requested.
Drug paraphernalia was found in the residence but there was nothing to suggest foul play, McKinney said.
Police Investigator Paul Deishler has been assigned to investigate the death.
Torres added in after championship
There was quite a difference between the final season of high school football for Pecos Eagles quarterback Freddy Torres and his first season as a walk-on in college with the Texas Longhorns.
Torres was a member of the 2002 Eagles team that suffered through a one-win season after making the playoffs in his sophomore and junior seasons. But last year, Torres was one of seven players who were added to the team’s practice squad as walk-ons, and while that didn’t mean any playing time, it did allow him to be a part of the team’s undefeated national championship season.
“They made us do agility drills and tested our speed. We didn’t actually use a football,” he said about the tryouts. He said the ability to maintain grades at the same time as going through the football program’s workouts and preparation sessions also was a factor in the selection process.
Once Torres was added to the Longhorns’ practice squad, he served as a member of the “scout team” for the scholarship players on the travel squad.
“We just did whatever they needed us to do - wide receiver or whatever they needed to fill in the spots,” Torres said. “We do whatever the travel squad needs to work on for their next opponent.”
The tryout was in the spring of 2005, and Torres was added to the practice squad in time for UT’s spring drills. “It was a big surprise,” he said. “Just being around that level of competition and that level of athleticism is something worth seeing.
“Coming from a small school in West Texas, you don’t get to see that many athletes at that level, so I was happy to be a part of it,” he added.
The practice squad players worked out with the travel squad until the team got into its main workouts that matched the first team offense against the first team defense. “During our meetings, we would go to the same meetings as the scholarship players and had the same position coaches, and then the practice squad meets on Sundays with the assistant coaches, and they walk us through the opponent and put us wherever they want us,” Torres said.
“For the home games, everybody suits up, but for the away games, it was just the travel squad,” he said. That rule held true for the Big 12 championship game, but Torres said it was relaxed when Texas played USC for the national championship.
“For the Rose Bowl everyone got to stand on the sideline, but only the travel squad got to suit up,” he said.
“It was always something I dreamed of, being part of a national championship team,” Torres said. “I always dreamed about playing in the game, but just being part of it was something I was glad I experienced.”
Texas rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat USC, 41-38, for their first national championship in 35 years, winning on Vince Young’s 9-yard scoring run with 19 seconds to play.
“I was in the back standing on a bench so I could see it,” Torres said. “Once I saw him take off running I knew he was going to score. There was no way they were going to stop him.”
He said his parents, Julio and Oralia Torres, were on hand for the games in which he was on the sidelines. “They went to all the home games and went to the Rose Bowl and came down for the (spring) scrimmage,” he said
Torres was back in Pecos in late May, before returning to Austin after Memorial Day. He did some workouts at the Pecos High School field house while in town, and also has a workout program given to him by the Longhorn coaches. “I’m just trying to keep in shape. When I go back to summer school, I’ll have a summer workout program.
Torres, who is majoring in human biology, will be a junior this fall, but has enough credits to be a senior in the spring. For 2006, he again will be a member of the practice squad, which begins workouts along with the scholarship players on Aug. 6.
Having lost Young and several other key players to either graduation and/or the NFL, Texas isn’t among the favorites for the 2006 national championship, though Torres said he still expects to be part of a strong Longhorns squad this fall.
“I like to think of it as a reloading year instead of rebuilding,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of athletes out there. We’ll be young at quarterback, but we’ll still be awesome.”
Little League player killed in 285 rollover
One young boy lost his life this past weekend, in a one-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. 285.
The accident happened at 3:25 p.m., Saturday, on U.S. 285, 25 miles south of Pecos. The family was traveling in a 2004 GMC Yukon, with four occupants in the car. The deceased, Chantz Dickinson, 10, was transported to Memorial Hospital in Midland, where he died of his injuries.
Dickinson played for the Pecos Little League Rockhounds. After playing in a morning game in Ft. Stockton, his family had returned to Pecos and was heading back to Ft. Stockton when the accident occurred.
Nobody else was injured in the accident. The driver of the vehicle was Chantz’ mother, Lisa Contreras, and passengers, Ethan Contreras, five years old and Emily Contreras, 11 months. Everyone was wearing a seatbelt.
The vehicle was traveling southbound on U.S. 285, when it drifted off the right side of roadway into the south-side bar ditch.
According to the accident report, the driver then corrected to the left, sending the vehicle across both lanes into the north side bar ditch.
The driver then overcorrected to the right into a left side broad skid causing the vehicle to roll and causing the vehicle to rest upright in the north side bar ditch, facing south.
DPS Trooper David Nanez of Fort Stockton investigated the accident.
Florez named officer of month
Chriselda Florez has been named Correctional Officer of the Month for the month of April at the Reeves County Detention Center I/II.
She has been employed with the facility since Feb. 19, 2001.
“We would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication,” said RCDC Warden Ed Gonzales.
Ramirez selected as officer of month
Tracy Ramirez has been employed with the Reeves County Detention Center I/II since Aug. 21, 2000, and has been selected as Correctional Officer of the Month for the month of April.
“We would like to thank her for all her hard work and dedication,” said RCDC Warden Ed Gonzales.
Muniz is Employee of Month at RCDC
Rey Muniz has been selected as Employee of the Month for the month of April at the Reeves County Detention Center I/II.
He has been employed at the facility since Sept. 15, 1997.
Muniz holds the title of Assistant Special Investigative Supervisor.
“We would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication,” said RCDC Warden Ed Gonzales.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office, or other officers of those agencies. The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.
Jose Luis Longoria, 314 E. Concho St., in Barstow, was arrested by police on May 31 on a warrant out of the Ward County Sheriff’s Department charging him with motion to revoke probation. Police said the arrest took place at 1:13 a.m. when Longoria was spotted behind the Beer Depot, 1224 E. Third St. A records check revealed the outstanding warrant, and Longoria was placed under arrest and transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Angelica Orona Rodriguez, 26, of 513 S. Walnut St., and Viviana Hernandez, 21, of 915 S. Hickory St., were arrested by police on May 28 and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Police said the arrests took place at the Club Suavacito, 900 S. Cedar St., after officers were called in reference to a fight between two women. Both were transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Joseph Joaquin Garcia, 19, 1209 S. Pecan St., was arrested by police on May 29 on a charge of public intoxication, plus warrants charging him with having an open container of alcohol and minor in possession of alcohol. Police said the arrest took place in the 1200 block of South Pecan Street. Garcia was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Adam Gonzales, 33, of San Antonio, was arrested by police on May 28 and charged with public intoxication. Police said the arrest took place following a call on a disturbance at 112 W. ‘C’ St. Gonzales was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Apolonio Rubio Jr. 48, 221 N. Cedar St., was arrested by police on May 26 on a charge of public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place in the 100 block of South Cedar Street. Rubio was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Louie Rayos, 33, 813 S. Cedar St., was arrested by police on a warrant charging him with non-payment of a $275 fine for public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place in the 800 block of West Third Street, and Rayos was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Rene Quinones Jr., 21, 733 S. Martinez St., was arrested by police on May 25 on two warrants each charging him with no valid driver’s license, failure to maintain financial responsibility. Police said the warrants were served on Quinones at the Reeves County Jail, where he was being held on other charges.
Manuel Leos Hernandez, 26, 2025 S. Eddy St., was arrested by police on May 23 on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest. Police said the incident took place at 1:47 a.m. outside Allsup’s, 708 S. Cedar St., when Hernandez approached the officers while they were working a traffic stop. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Mark Renteria, 26, Room 119 Roper’s Motel on East Third St., was arrested by police on May 23 outside Allsup’s, 708 S. Cedar St., on charges of driving with a loud muffler, carrying a weapon (clubs) and criminal mischief to a patrol unit causing over $1,500 and under $20,000 in damage. Police said the arrest took place at 1:47 a.m. as the result of a traffic stop, and the damage to the vehicle occurred after Renteria was placed inside the patrol car. He was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Rojelio Jimenez, 21, and Cassie Marie Reyes, 19, both of 401 S. Park St., were arrested by police on May 23 on charges or assault under the Family Violence Act. Police said the arrest occurred following a call on a disturbance at that location. The two were transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
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